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Labour of Lust

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Cruel To Be Kind
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Cracking Up
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Big Kick, Plain Scrap
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American Squirm
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Born Fighter
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You Make Me
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Skin Deep
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Switchboard Susan
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Endless Grey Ribbon
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Without Love
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Dose Of You
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Love So Fine
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Basing Street (Bonus Track)
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 39:07

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You will never regret

drabauer

Purchasing classic Lowe or Rockpile. Almost every song a gem.

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Great Album, Great Artist

madformusic

The Jesus of Cool rocks. One of the most underrated musicians ever to come along. Great album in a series of great albums from late 70s through 80s.

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Ah, Memories...

MadDogM13

I remember bringing three friends (whom I later found out were on drugs) down to Tower Records to purchase this the week it came out in 1979 after hearing "American Squirm" on the radio. Nick is in typically pop-perfect/hilarious form on this album, and Rockpile is one of the great English roots bands, making for a great album for your next beer party.

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Jesus of Cool was a jukebox, spinning out a series of perfectly crafted — and decidedly quirky and subversive — pop singles. In contrast, Nick Lowe’s second album, Labour of Lust, is the work of a bar band, in this case Rockpile, playing the hell out of the same type of songs. Naturally, the result is a more coherent sound that may be a little less freewheelingly eclectic, but it is no less brilliant. Recorded simultaneously with Dave Edmunds’ Repeat When Necessary, Labour of Lust benefits from the muscular support of Rockpile, who make Lowe’s songs crackle with vitality. Working primarily in the roots rock vein of Brinsley Schwarz but energizing his traditionalist tendencies with strong pop melodies, a sense of humor, and an edgy new wave sensibility, Lowe comes up with one of his best sets of songs. Not only is his only hit, the propulsively hook-laden “Cruel to Be Kind,” here, but so are the rampaging outsider anthem “Born Fighter,” the tongue-in-cheek, Chuck Berry-style “Love So Fine,” the wonderful pure pop of “Dose of You,” the haunting “Endless Grey Ribbon,” the druggy “Big Kick, Plain Scrap!,” and the terrific “Cracking Up,” as well as his definitive version of Mickey Jupp’s “Switchboard Susan.” It’s an exceptional collection of inventive pop songs, delivered with vigor and energy, making it one of the great records of the new wave. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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